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This Must Be the Place
This Must Be the Place: A Novel | Kate Racculia
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A sudden death, a never-mailed postcard, and a longburied secret set the stage for a luminous and heartbreakingly real novel about lost souls finding one another The Darby-Jones boardinghouse in Ruby Falls, New York, is home to Mona Jones and her daughter, Oneida, two loners and self-declared outcasts who have formed a perfectly insular family unit: the two of them and the three eclectic boarders living in their house. But their small, quiet life is upended when Arthur Rook shows up in the middle of a nervous breakdown, devastated by the death of his wife, carrying a pink shoe box containing all his wife's mementos and keepsakes, and holding a postcard from sixteen years ago, addressed to Mona but never sent. Slowly the contents of the box begin to fit together to tell a storyone of a powerful friendship, a lost love, and a secret that, if revealed, could change everything that Mona, Oneida, and Arthur know to be true. Or maybe the stories the box tells and the truths it brings to life will teach everyone about lovehow deeply it runs, how strong it makes us, and how even when all seems lost, how tightly it brings us together. With emotional accuracy and great energy, This Must Be the Place introduces memorable, charming characters that refuse to be forgotten.
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The writing of this book is exquisite but the story didn‘t really grab me. The ending did redeem the story for me. I found Claudette annoying and Daniel endearing even with his multiple issues. There were lots of unanswered questions which I‘d love closure but maybe that was the author‘s intent. #mmdbookclub


I had to pick this book at random after tricking my one year old into walking away from the kids section of the library. Loved it! First book I've been into for months. I was sitting at work thinking about getting home to my book! (And bed😴) Some of it seemed kind of teenage fiction, different threads but I liked it.

Laura317 That sounds good! 2y
Casmt A nice surprise! Now I just need to find another 😣 2y
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